AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
New Road Safety Rules Come into Effect
2015-09-01 12:58:50 PM

As of today, the Ontario government will put into effect  New Road Safety Rules that bring forth tougher penalties for distracted driving, protection of cyclists and the safety of tow-trucks and school buses.





City of London Fine Uber Drivers
2015-09-01 12:50:24 PM

In the ongoing challenge against Uber, the City of London has stepped up its efforts by  undertaking a two day blitz resulting in nearly 30 fines of around $500 each to local drivers.





IPC Calling for Access to Councillor's Records
2015-08-27 7:00:23 PM

As part of the municipal legislation review Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner has written to the Minister of Municipal Affairs with a recommendation that amendments be made to MFIPPA that would extend its coverage to municipal councillor’s records. According to th...





Premier Says Large Commercial Assessment Appeals a ‘Provincial Issue’
2015-08-27 3:10:09 PM

Speaking at an event in Thunder Bay this week the Premier acknowledged that property tax reassessments on large commercial properties is a serious issue. The Premier also said that it’s a problem the government recognizes isn’t confined to one area of the province, and are cur...





Chamber of Commerce Joins the Call for a New Approach to the Sharing Economy
2015-08-26 4:34:16 PM

In a new report, Harnessing the Power of the Sharing Economy, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has added its voice to those calling for a new approach to regulating the sharing economy, specifically citing services like Uber, Autoshare, and AirBnB as prominent examples. Accordi...





RELEASE: ODRAP Announcement Points to Successful Advocacy
2015-08-25 1:56:09 PM

Last week at the annual Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) conference in Niagara Falls, Premier Wynne announced that the government will introduce two new disaster assistance programs: one for municipalities and one for citizens and other organizations. The two new i...





New Funding for Sports and Recreation
2015-08-24 5:12:48 PM

The province has announced an additional $7 million in grants for the government’s Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund. Find out more about his program here .





New Amendments to Drinking Water Quality Standards, Testing and Reporting Req...
2015-08-24 5:12:17 PM

The Ministry of the Environment is considering new amendments to the province’s drinking water quality standards, and testing and reporting requirements. You can find out more here .





Consultation Sessions on Conservation Authorities Act
2015-08-24 5:11:43 PM

As part of its review of the Conservation Authorities Act, the Ministry of Natural Resources is holding consultation sessions across the province in September and October. If you are interested in participating in any of these sessions you can contact the Ministry’s Water Reso...





2015 AMO Conference Recap
2015-08-24 5:11:24 PM

Videos of major speeches from last week’s AMO conference in Niagara Falls are now available online. Click here to watch addresses from the Premier, Minister of Municipal Affairs and leaders of the two opposition parties.





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